The sailing season for the J/24 Class in Germany officially opened with their Frühjahrs-Verbandsregatta, sailed at Hamburger Segel-club on the beautiful Alster Lake. From March 29-30, a great turn-out of 19 J/24s enjoyed a somewhat benign weekend for weather. In moderate winds of 4-9 knots and most glorious, warm spring weather, it was the lightweight crews and light wind specialists who had the advantage. Frank Schönfeldt and his crew from the host Hamburger Segel-club succeeded once again to win the first J/24 regatta in Germany. The HSC Race Committee PRO Lennart Klemp did a good job and made for smooth racing all weekend long. Everyone involved were in high spirits and enjoyed the balmy spring day. Schoenfeldt on GER 5412 scored 11-1-3-2-6 for 12 points net to take the title. Manfred Koening in GER 5467 sailed the most consistent regatta, taking a 4-3-5-3-3 for 13 points net to grab the silver. Then Johann Huhn on GER 5316 placed third with 17 points net. Alice put in a great first regatta, with Stephanie Koeopcke leading her team to fourth overall with a 6-8-4-6-2 scoreline for 18 points net. Rounding out the top five was Langhans Peter on GER 4495 with 22 points net. For more German J/24 class sailing information, visit http://www.j24.de/.